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Turkey newspaper chief slams journalist terror trial

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The chairman of the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet on Tuesday denied charges his staff aided a terrorist organization, days before a final verdict in a trial dismissed by critics as an attack on press freedom.Akin Atalay, who has been in jail for over 500 days, is the only suspect in the case currently held in prison, while 16 others, mostly journalists, have been gradually released but remain on trial.All are charged with supporting, through their coverage, three organisations that ...

The unhidden agenda of Turkey and Iran in the region

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Events in the Middle East are rapidly unfolding as alliances are becoming more intense and it is being recreated and formed again. Although such a situation was usual in the past, the speed today has clearly intensified as current affairs have become a major base of a new Cold War that has in fact begun and can easily be detected. The new Kingdom of Saudi Arabia led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is at the center of all these events. Saudi Arabia ...

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Turkish fashion industry begins to flourish, opens up to transgender community

Friday, 20 April 2018

For decades, Turkey has been able to establish itself in the fashion industry and has become a major global force. For many years, Western fashion designers such have focused on the east to inspire and design their clothes in an attempt to achieve a challenging balance in their products by offering high quality at affordable prices. Turkey, which has a population of nearly 80 million, is a major focus for these brands as well. But one major twist in the Turkish fashion market is that ...

Future scenarios for the unfolding crisis in Syria

Thursday, 19 April 2018

No sound is louder than that of the drums of war once they start beating. War neither compliments nor trusts anyone. It is one of the most rigorous expressions of conflict, opposing beliefs and the imbalance of power in the region and the world.During the Cold War and its several battles across the world, the sound of the war drums rose after the fundamentalist revolution in Iran was led by Khomeini in 1979. He was praised by many top intellectuals and writers in the region and the world, who ...

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Turkey’s rapprochement with Iran, tactical or strategic?

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

At a time when relations between the traditional rivals of the US and Russia do not seem well with so many complicated files including the Syrian cause, Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan has been trying to walk on the Russian and American tight ropes, in an attempt to achieve Ankara’s interests.Washington supports Ankara in its opposition to the Syrian regime, bringing Turkey closer to the Gulf capitals and Tel Aviv, while Moscow provides Ankara with support against the Kurds. However ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

More than 300 sentenced to death in Iraq for ISIS links

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Iraqi courts have sentenced to death a total of more than 300 people, including dozens of foreigners, for belonging to ISIS, judicial sources said Wednesday. The suspects are being tried by two courts, one near the former militant stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq and another in Baghdad which is dealing notably with foreigners and women. Since January in the capital, 97 foreign nationals have been condemned to death and 185 to life in prison, according to a judicial source. Most of the women ...

Trump Tweets support for American pastor on trial in Turkey

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

US President Donald Trump voiced his support on Tuesday for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group accused of orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup, in a case that has compounded strains in US-Turkish relations. “Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason,” Trump tweeted. “They call him a spy, but I am more a spy than he is. ...

Syria attack triggered Western action, on the ground Assad gained

Monday, 16 April 2018

After Syrian forces bombed the town of Douma earlier this month in an attack the United States says involved chlorine gas, Washington and its allies launched missile strikes as punishment. The retribution has changed little in the course of the seven-year civil war, but the alleged poison gas attack did. Rebels had held the stronghold of Douma, near the capital Damascus, for years despite repeated offensives. Within hours of the April 7 attack they were in retreat. Under pressure from ...

American pastor on trial in Turkey for terror links

Monday, 16 April 2018

An American pastor is going on trial in Turkey accused of ties to terror groups and spying, in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States.Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, faces up to 35 years in prison on charges of “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member” and “espionage.”The trial begins Monday in Aliaga, a town in western Turkey. Brunson was arrested in December 2016 for ...

Turkish lira weakens to record lows, bond yields rise

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Turkey’s lira sank to fresh record lows against the dollar and euro on Wednesday as investor concerns deepened about the outlook for monetary policy and inflation - and about political tension in Russia and Syria.The lira, one of the worst-performing emerging market currencies this year, has plumbed record lows for the last five trading days. It has been pressured by a sharp sell-off in Russia’s rouble, the currency of a major trading partner and a fellow emerging market heavyweight. ...

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